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Beast of the Bay Awards 2016

1. Best thing to happen to Bay Area dogs in 2015
GGNRA is still available for off-leash dog walking. (as of 12/31/15)

The new dog policy management practices limit off-leash areas in GGNRA. But off-leash dog walking is still allowed at Fort Funston, Crissy Field, Ocean Beach, Fort Mason, and Rodeo Beach.

Runners up
Dog-friendly patios were legalized in San Mateo County.
Cleaning up the Albany Bulb.
The opening of Taylor Mountain Regional Park in Santa Rosa.
The San Francisco SPCA/Pets Unlimited merger.

2. Best Dog-Friendly Politician
President Barack Obama, facebook.comBo-and-Sunny-The-Obama-dogs

If we could ask Portuguese waterdogs Bo and Sunny what life is like at the White House, we’re pretty sure they’d bark back that hanging out with the president is as good as it gets. Obama is known for doting on his 3- and 7-year-old pups that proudly represent as First Dogs and even have a Facebook page. Gotta “like” that.
Runners up
Scott Wiener, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, sfbos.org
David Campos, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, sfbos.org
John Gioia, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, co.contra-costa.ca.us
Karen Ervin, Mayor of Pacifica, cityofpacifica.org

3. Best Dog-Friendly Workplace
Pet Food Express, Oakland, petfoodexpress.com

If there’s one Bay Area company that loves pets, it’s Pet Food Express. With 57 stores in California and headquarters in Oakland, Pet Food Express shows its dedication to animal welfare by inviting customer to bring pets to its stores and also helps find forever homes for animals, supports shelters and rescue groups, offers training classes, and low-cost vaccination clinics. Well done.
Runners up
Google, Mountain View, google.com
Home Depot, homedepot.com
Zynga, San Francisco, zynga.com

 

Sports / Recreation / Travel

4. Best Dog Park,
Fort Funston, nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/fortfunston.htm

Huge, gorgeous, and riotously puppy-pleasing, Fort Funston is a veritable dog Utopia. Our readers voted this expansive playground No. 1 for its ocean views, Fido-friendly trails, and wide, open spaces.
Runners up
Point Isabel, Richmond, ebparks.org
Dillon Beach, dillonbeach.com
Fremont Dog Park, fremont.gov
Los Gatos Creek Dog Park, sccgov.org
John McLaren Park, San Francisco, sfrecpark.org/john-mclaren-park

5. Best Hiking Trail
Bay Area Ridge Trail, ridgetrail.org

Ultimately this will be a 550-mile loop that follows the ridge line atop San Francisco Bay, offering stunning vistas and paw-perfect hiking for you and your pup. For now, it’s more than halfway to its goal with 365 miles open to enjoy.
Runners up
Lands End, San Francisco, nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/landsend.htm
Mount Tamalpais, Marin County, parks.ca.gov
Blithedale Summit, Marin County, marincounty.org/depts/pk/divisions/open-space/blithedale-summit
Claremont Canyon, Oakland, ebparks.org/parks/claremont_canyon

6. Best View with a Dog
Crissy Field, San Francisco, parksconservancy.orgvisit/park-sites/crissy-field.html

Magnificent might be too frail a word to describe the brilliance of Crissy Field. Your dog may love it for the soft sand and open acreage, but you will adore this oceanfront park for the spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and lapping waves. Enjoy, while we still have access!
Runners up
Fort Funston, San Francisco, nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/fortfunston.htm
Point Isabel, Richmond, ebparks.org
Bernal Hill, San Francisco, sfrecpark.orgdestination/bernal-heights-park
Hood Mountain, Santa Rosa, parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov
Crestview Park, Belmont, cityofsancarlos.org

7. Best Canine Sports Event
Dock Diving Competition, Splash Dogs, Pittsburg, splashdogs.com

Want to see water-loving dogs having a splashing good time? The amazing pooches in Splash Dog events will stop at nothing short of their targets. It’s wet, wild, and wonderful fun.
Runners up
Agility at Sport Dog Center, Santa Rosa, sportdogcenter.com
Nose Work Trials, Santa Rosa, hosed by Pawsitive Results, pawsitiveresults.net

8. Best Adult Dog Play group/event
San Francisco Giants Dog Days, sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com

What’s better than munching salty peanuts, drinking cold beer, and watching Madison Bumgarner strike out rival players? Enjoying every minute of it with your dog! Our readers have spoken and paradise has been found. At this annual summer event, dogs are in costume, in strollers, in the bleachers, and even in a parade. Tickets are a definite must.
Runners up
Dog Days at the Oakland A’s, oakland.athletics.mlb.com
Corgi Con, Ocean Beach, San Francisco, corgicon.com
DogFest, San Francisco, mckinleyschool.org

9. Best Dog-Friendly Lodging
Stanford Inn by the Sea, Mendocino, stanfordinn.com

This is dog-lover’s paradise. The eco-resort, perched on 10 acres with prime Mendocino Bay views, makes canines feel as welcome as their human companions in a rustically elegant setting. Woof.
Runners up
Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay, ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/half-moon-bay
The Beachcomber, Fort Bragg, thebeachcombermotel.com
The Other Place, Booneville, sheepdung.com

10. Best Dog-Friendly Pool
Wag Hotels, Bay Area, waghotels.com

Oh, to be a pampered pooch! While dog-parents are off working or traveling, pups at the Wag Hotel are busy splashing away in chaperoned pools (in between sessions of grooming, watching television, or attending onsite events, of course). It’s an unparalleled swanky swimming experience these luxury venues offer.
runners up
The Rex Center, Pacifica, therexcenter.com
Pet Camp, San Francisco, petcamp.com
Doggone Dirty Dock Diving, Hollister, doggonedirtydockdiving.com

11. Best Day Trip with Dog
Carmel-by-the-Sea, carmelcalifornia.com

Pamper your pooch with a relaxing visit to Carmel where he can enjoy the sun, surf, and sand and you can shop, eat, and play with him padding along by your side. Dog-friendliness is de rigueur in tony Carmel.
Runners up
Half Moon Bay, visithalfmoonbay.org
Kehoe Beach, Point Reyes, www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/beaches.htm
Benicia, www.ci.benicia.ca.us

12. Best Dog-Friendly Campground
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, parks.ca.gov

Set up your tent and light the campfire, because good times are in abundance at this dog-loving redwood forest. Big Basin gets top honors for its natural beauty and accessibility (about 65 miles from San Francisco). A great place for Rex to cozy up next to you with his rawhide while you savor those s’mores.
Runners up
Samuel P. Taylor State Park, parks.ca.gov
Gualala Point Campgrounds, parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov
Anthony Chabot Regional Park, ebparks.org

 

Woofin’ the Web

13. Best Dog-Friendly Travel Website
BringFido.com

Find the latest dog-centric accommodations, air travel, services, attractions, outdoor restaurants, and dog events on this handy website. Plus pictures galore, a dog forum, and free stuff for dogs. It’s all dogs all the time.
Runners up
DogFriendly.com
DogTrekker.com
TripsWithPets.com

14. Best Dog Blog
DogTrekker.com

DogTrekker is a canine companion’s best friend. This comprehensive website with the Paw Press Blog has everything you want to know about what to do, where to go, and how to find services, events, resources, or dog information in California.
Runners up
Whole-Dog-Journal.com
DogStarDaily.com/blogs
Tripawds.com

15. Best Dog Social Networking Site
Dogster.com

Learn training tips, linger over cute photos and videos, and laugh out loud about funny stories on dogs and their K9 antics. From pop culture to newsworthy tidbits, Dogster.com has plenty to bark about.
Runners up
Crissy Field Dog Group, crissyfielddog.org
Stern Grove Dog Owners Group, facebook.com/groups/sterngrovedogowners
Oakland Dog Owners Group, odogparks.org

16. Best Online Dog Boutique
GeorgeSF.com

At GeorgeSF.com, it’s clear that “everything has been tested on humans for animal consumption.” That means each bag of nutritious chicken snaps or tin of whole grain biscuits is as healthy as it gets. Owners Bobby Wise and Lyndon Lambert put quality first in the products, from the comfy quilts and corduroy mattress covers to the waterproof sport coats and wool turtlenecks (yes, we’re still referring to dog items). Click on over; your dog thanks you in advance.
Runners up
PacoCollars.com
OllyDog.com
WagginTailStore

17. Best Online Vet Advice
Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services, AIMSS, San Francisco, aimss-sf.com

The folks at AIMSS and Animal Emergency Services offer 24-hour emergency and critical care at the Ninth Avenue facility in San Francisco and serve as a calming force when your pet is experiencing an emergency. When your dog’s condition warrants emergency attention, AIMSS and AES are places you can turn to,
Runners up
PetMD, petMD.com
Web-DVM, web-dvm.net

18. Best Online Adoption Site
EastBaySPCA.org

We know that even though you already have the perfect pet, you go to this website just to admire the cuteness of the available puppies. We do it too! Our readers recognize the amazingness that is EastBaySPCA.org because it provides not only adorable pictures of dogs, but their history, their microchip number, health details, vaccination record, and how to adopt them. Which you will want to do for every one.
Runners up
RocketDogRescue.org
Petfinder.com
BADRAP.org
Muttville.org

19. Best Overall Website for Dog Lovers
DogTrekker.com

To learn about California accommodations, places to visit, and things to do with Fido in tow, DogTrekker.com has you covered, from Wine Country and the Central Coast to Southern Cal and Yosemite and surroundings. Events, rescues, and news are stored, here, too, See for yourself.
Runners up
BADRAP.org
Dogster.com
SF Dog, sfdog.org

 

Food & Drink

20. Best Dog Happy (Yappy) Hour
Doc’s Clock, San Francisco, docsclock.com

You gotta love a good, old-fashioned dive bar that still rocks a flip-through jukebox and only accepts cold, hard cash. But at Doc’s, the level of patron adoration goes even higher, since this place not only keeps it vintage, but it also welcomes dogs and holds Saturday happy hours that support local pet rescue agencies. Fido and Fireball? Sounds perfect!
Runners up
Salute, Richmond Marina, salutemarinabay.com
Bardessono, Yountville, bardessono.com

21a. Best Fresh Water Bowl—EAST BAY
Paws & Claws, Oakland, pawsnclawsoakland.com

Count on Paws & Claws, a Dimond district gem, to be accommodating to visiting pups and their parents. Diane Pfile and Ruth Villasenor offer a huge array of natural products at their well-appointed shop, where there is always a fresh water bowl awaiting.
Runners up
Holistic Hound, Berkeley, holistichound.com
Richmond Marina Bay, Richmond, mbyh.com

21b. Best Fresh Water Bowl—SAN FRANCISCO
The Animal House Pet Mercantile, Lower Haight, theanimalhousesf.com

A truly loved neighborhood pet store, The Animal House is Megan Johnson’s way of connecting with her pets and peeps in a big way. For merch, advice, and a friendly ear, The Animal House is the spot to shop.
Runners up
Best in Show, Castro, bestinshowsf.com
Duboce Park Cafe, Duboce Triangle, duboceparkcafe.com

22a. Best Free Treats—EAST BAY
Holistic Hound, Berkeley, holistichound.com

Shopping for freeze-dried chicken necks and dehydrated beef hearts is always more fun with a four-legged companion, which is why you should stop by Holistic Hound. Blocks from Chez Pannise in downtown Berkeley, this all-natural boutique offers free duck liver and chicken treats to customers every day of the week and leaves a bowl of goodies outside the door at night.
Runners up
Waggin’ Tails Pet Supply, Union City, waggintailsstore.com
Susie Cakes, Lafayette, susiecakes.com

22b. Best Free Treats—SAN FRANCISCO
Jeffrey’s, three San Fran locations, jeffreyspets.com

Why can’t every pet store be like Jeffrey’s? When you stop by North Beach, Castro, or Bernal Heights stores, your pooch will be treated to free, house-made jerky that is locally sourced and prepared without hormones or antibiotics, yum. Plus these super-nutritious snacks come in pork, chicken, beef, or duck varieties. Jeffery’s, we love you for loving our pets as much as we do.
Runners up
Pawtrero, three SF locations, pawtrero.com
Paw Patch Pastries, Mission, PawPatchPastriesandPetBoutique
Best in Show, Castro, bestinshowsf.com

23a. Best Dog-Friendly Restaurant—EAST BAY
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, Concord, lazydogrestaurants.com

Gotta love a place that celebrates the contentedness of a lazy dog, and this one offers a sizable patio for doggy diners. Eat up and drink in the life of leisure with your best friend.
runners up
Bocanova, Oakland, bocanova.com
The Kingfish Pub & Cafe, Oakland, kingfishpubandcafe.com

23b. Best Dog-Friendly Restaurant—SAN FRANCISCO
Dolores Park Cafe, Mission, doloresparkcafe.com

Equator and Sightglass coffee will wake you up; smoothies, breakfast sandwiches, and scrambles will fill you up. Pat your dog on the head and better save a bite of bacon for him at this urban cafe with heart and a soft spot for dogs.
Runners up
Park Chow, Sunset, chowfoodbar.com
Atlas Café, Mission, atlascafe.net
Duboce Cafe, Duboce Triangle, duboceparkcafe.com

23c. Best Dog-Friendly Restaurant—SOUTH BAY
Forge in the Forest, Carmel-by-the-Sea, forgeintheforest.com

The Forge is a go-to outdoor dining spot for Monterey County visitors and is known for its flora and fauna, lush gardens, and outdoor fireplaces. Best of all, there’s a Dog Pound Patio where dogs have their very own menus.
Runners up
Main Street Burgers, San Jose, www.mainstburgers.com
Opa!, Los Altos, opaauthenticgreek.com

23d. Best Dog-Friendly Restaurant—PENINSULA
Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., Half Moon Bay, hmbbrewingco.com

Enjoy an ocean view and a cold brew on the incredible dog-friendly patio where crackling fire pits and The Mavericks just beyond call to surfers. It’s one great beach bar with mondo muncheries to match.
Runners up
Moss Beach Distillery, Moss Beach, mossbeachdistillery.com
7 Mile House, Brisbane, 7milehouse.com

24a. Best Dog-Friendly Bar—EAST BAY
Lucky 13, Alameda, lucky13alameda.com

At Lucky 13, you can bring your happy, panting, loyal dog with you no matter where you choose to sit and unwind. Whether you pull up a stool indoors or take your beverage of choice to the patio, Fluffy is invited to come along. This spot has a ton of regulars; your four-legger thinks you should become one of them.
Runners up
Beer Revolution, Oakland, beer-revolution.com
Prizefighter, Emeryville, prizefighterbar.com

24b. Best Dog-Friendly Bar—SAN FRANCISCO
El Rio, Mission, elriosf.com

If bars were constructed from love and good will, they would look like El Rio. This Mission Street venue welcomes patrons from all walks of life (including fuzzy ones who strut on four legs) and also hosts fundraisers for a variety of diverse causes and organizations. Is there anything better than a place that brings dogs and drinks together, and also does good for the world?
Runners up
Doc’s Clock, Mission, docsclock.com
SF Eagle, SOMA, sf-eagle.com
Holy Water, Bernal Heights, holywatersf.com

25. Best Dog-Friendly Coffeehouse
Spike’s Coffee & Tea, San Francisco, spikescoffee.com

Unplug and relax at Spike’s, an independent coffee shop in the Castro with a bull dog as its mascot. Sweet sidewalk seating, art on display, and friendly folks.
Runners up
Catahoula Coffee, Richmond, catahoulacoffee.com
Kilovolt Coffee, Oakland, kilovoltcoffee.com

26. Best Dog-Friendly Winery
Mutt Lynch, Healdsburg, muttlynchwinery.com

In 1995 Brenda and Chris Lynch opened the doors to the genius that is Mutt Lynch, a gorgeous Sonoma winery with one amazing twist: It’s dog-friendly! You’re invited to sip a creamy, fruit-forward Unleashed Chardonnay or a dark chocolate Muttitage Red Wine while your dog wags her tail in happiness beside you. Their delicious varietals will have you feeling like the Best in Show.
Runners up
Rosenblum Cellars, Oakland, rosenblumcellars.com
Dante Robere Vineyards, Livermore, danterobere.com
Rock Wall Wine Co., Alameda, rockwallwines.com

27. Best Dog-Friendly Bakery
Three Dog Bakery, Sonoma, facebook.com/ThreeDogBakerySonoma

This bakery has gone to the dogs, great for your four-paw pal that’s sure to go bonkers for Blueberry Muffin treats, piled-high cupcakes, frosted cookies, and petit fours made just for her and her pack mates. The all-natural, just-for-dogs goods rival the ones made in fancy, high-end bakeries for humans.
Runners up
Paw Patch Pastries & Pet Boutique, San Francisco, pawpatchpastries.com
Okashi Barkery, Campbell, okashi-barkery.com
Ma Snax Superior Treats, Santa Rosa, masnax.com/index.html
Punkin & Me Dog Bakery, San Jose, punkinandme.com

 

Shopping

28. Best Pet Superstore
Pet Food Express, petfoodexpress.com

There are aisles of bright leashes, walls of nutritious food, sprawling bins of treats, racks of colorful outfits (for the fashionista Fido), and bedding options galore at these leader-of-the-pack pet superstores. Staffers hand out snacks to the mutts and purebreds that trot through the front door. It’s a one-stop-shop that also offers onsite veterinary clinics and adoption fairs.
Runners up
Pet Club, petclubstores.com
PetCo, petco.com
Unleashed by PetCo, unleashedbypetco.com
Woodlands Petfood and Treats, San Rafael, woodlandspet.com

29a. Best Pet Boutique—EAST BAY
Paws & Claws, Oakland, pawsnclawsoakland.com

Kibble and canned food, treats and toys, collars and leashes plus about anything else you need to keep your dog happy. Training aids, cute stuff, and other sundries round out the merch. A grooming spa, bathhouse, and place for anesthesia-free teeth cleaning make it more than a store.
Runners up
Holistic Hound, Berkeley, holistichound.com
Waggin Tails Pet Supplies, Union City. waggintailsstore.com
Alpha Pet Supply & The Wild Bird’s Nest, Albany, alphapetalbany.com
Mike’s Feed & Pet, San Leandro

29b. Best Pet Boutique—SAN FRANCISCO
Pawtrero BathHouse & Feed Co., pawtrero.com

Pawtrero eschews chemicals, by-products, and fillers for nutritionally sound foods and natural products. Its founders, raw-food advocates Shireen Nyden and Suzie Yannes, know their products and can help your dog onto a holistic path. Their shelves are full of toys, supplements, training props, and treats.
Runners up
The Animal House, Lower Haight, theanimalhousesf.com
Bernal Beast, Bernal Heights, bernalbeast.com
Jeffrey’s Natural Pet Foods, jeffreyspets.com
Paw Patch Pastries & Pet Boutique, pawpatchpastries.com

29c. Best Pet Boutique—SOUTH BAY
For Other Living Things, Sunnyvale, forotherlivingthings.com

This critter-and-earth friendly pet store is a family-owned operation serving dogs, cats, small animals, and birds, so patrons can pick up kibble, kitten chow, bedding, and birdseed at the same time for every animal in the family. Toss in a treat, toy, or new leash for good measure.
Runners up
Pet People, Los Gatos, petpeoplelosgatos.com
Gussied Up, San Jose, gussiedupdog.com
Biscuits, San Jose, facebook.com/BiscuitsPetBoutique

29d. Best Pet Boutique—PENINSULA
Bow Wow Meow, San Carlos, bowwowmeow.net

For flashy beds, fashion, bowls, and then some, Bow Wow Meow is the place to go. Toys, treats, poop products, and training accouterments make managing everyday matters that much easier.
Runners up
The Animal Connection II, Burlingame, 650-579-3647
Togs for Dogs and Cats Too, San Mateo, togsfordogs.co
Pet’s Delight, Los Altos, petsdelightlosaltos.com

29e. Best Pet Boutique—NORTH BAY
Animal Outfitters, The Marin Humane Society, Novato, marinhumanesociety.org

Help the Marin Humane Society by shopping at its pet supply store, Animal Outfitters. It carries a heap of things just right for old-timers and pups, including pet food and grooming supplies, toys and gifts, pet bets and training devices. And you can also pick up Marin Humane Society-logo-ed apparel.
Runners up
Pet Cottage, San Anselmo, facebook.com/petcottage/
Give Your Dog A Bone, San Rafael, 415-499-0364
Novato Horse & Pet Supply, Novato, novatohorseandpetsupply.com

30. Best Doggie Birthday Present
Paco Collars, Berkeley, pacocollars.com

The motto here is “Strength, Love, and Style” and it’s easy to see why. When your fluffy friend unwraps one of these to celebrate another year of being perfect (since she surely is), she’ll adore the sturdy esthetic of the leather, the glittery shine of the beadwork, and the love you put into to picking it out (or custom-designing it). Order online or visit the Berkeley store.
runners up
Bark Box, barkbox.com
Snacks From Jeffrey’s, jeffreyspets.com
Yeti Dog Chew, yetidogchew.com

31. Best Locally Made Dog Stuff
Jeffrey’s Natural Treats, San Francisco, jeffreyspets.com

Locally sourced, hormone-free, antibiotic-free meats go into Jeffrey’s natural treats, which are dried, dehydrated, or frozen. Choose from jerky; dried split tendons (also jerky wrapped), turkey patties, hot dog bites, pigs in a blanket; dehydrated chicken hearts and gizzards or dehydrated turkey gizzards; or frozen beef marrow bones, chicken wings, or chicken or turkey necks. D-lish, or at least your dog will think so.
Runners up
SFRAW Dog Foods, San Francisco, sfraw.com,
Paco Collars, Berkeley, pacocollars.com
Molly Mutt Dog Duvets, Berkeley, mollymutt.com
Bark Stix Dog Treats, Richmond, barkstix.com

32. Best Dog-Friendly General Retail Store
Cliff’s Variety, Castro, San Francisco, cliffsvariety.com

Whether you’re in the market for a new Le Cruset pot, a pack of paintbrushes, some Victorian doorknobs, or a few rubber ducks (who isn’t?), Cliff’s is the place to go. And if you snap a leash on your pup, she can come with you! Enjoy perusing the aisles with your best buddy, and don’t forget to drop by the costuming department before you head home, just in case you need that last-minute boa, tiara, or wig.
Runners up
Sports Basement, San Francisco, sportsbasement.com
Dale’s Hardware, Fremont, dale-hardware.com
Home Depot, homedepot.com

 

Health & WELLNESS

33a. Best Veterinary Clinic—EAST BAY
Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care, San Ramon, webvets.com

This state-of-the-art veterinary center in a parklike setting has it all: a courtyard, sleeky lobby, tidy exam rooms as well as an outdoor exam room, a pharmacy, in-house lab, ICU, surgery suites, digital X-ray and ultrasound capabilities, and alternative medicine modalities, among many other features and services. Serving the Tri-Valley area, it uses solar power and is paperless and honors clients on the Wall of Heroes.
Runners up
Creature Comfort Holistic Veterinary Center, Oakland, creaturecomfort.com
East Bay SPCA Theodore B. Travers Family Veterinary Clinic, Oakland, eastbayspca.org/clinic
Montclair Veterinary Hospital, Oakland, montclairvethospital.com
UNI Pet Clinic, Union City, unipetclinic.com
VCA All About Pets, Union City, vcahospitals.com/all-about-pets-ca

33b.Best Veterinary Clinic—SAN FRANCISCO
VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists, Mission, vcaspecialtyvets.com/san-francisco

Clients love,love,love VCA SFVS, the multi-specialty, full-service veterinary hospital that can handle most patients’ needs. VCA SFVS veterinarians have expertise in internal medicine, surgery, oncology, neurology and neurosurgery, cardiology, dermatology, complementary and integrative medicine, dentistry, behavior, critical care, and emergency care.
Runners up
Mission Pet Hospital, Mission, missionpet.com
Animal Internal Medicine & Specialty Services, AIMSS, Inner Sunset, aimss-sf.com
San Francisco Pet Hospital, Lower Pacific Heights, sfpethospital.com

33c. Best Veterinary Clinic—SOUTH BAY
Adobe Animal Hospital South Bay, Los Gatos, adobe-animal.com/southbay

Los Gatos dog owners have a fine, new facility for veterinary services, a facility with two-dozen veterinarians who can assist patients from all stages of life. Pet parents can follow their pets through the treatment process. An on-site, full-service lab makes getting results a cinch.
Runners up
Pinnacle Animal Hospital, San Jose, pinnaclevets.com
Reed Animal Hospital, Campbell, reedanimalhospital.com
VCA Bascom Animal Hospital, Campbell, vcahospitals.com/bascom

33d. Best Veterinary Clinic—PENINSULA
Mid—Peninsula Animal Hospital, Menlo Park, midpen.com

What makes a vet clinic great? Experience, technology, and talented veterinarian, which Mid-Peninsula has in spades. This 50-year-strong practice is a complete-care animal hospital with the chops to maneuver challenging emergencies and brings competence to internal medicine, surgery, dentistry, dermatology, reproduction consultation, and holistic options.
Runners up
Laurelwood Veterinary Clinic, San Mateo, laurelwoodpetclinic.com
Peninsula Avenue Veterinary Clinic, San Mateo, peninsulaavevet.com
Peninsula Pet Hospital, Menlo Park, penpethospital.com

33e. Best Veterinary Clinic—NORTH BAY
Pet Emergency & Specialty Center of Marin, San Rafael, pescm.com

Fans give PESC, a 24-hour pet hospital, paws-up for beside manner, technique, and veterinary prowess and compliment the veterinarians for taking time to answer complicated questions, especially in times of crises.
Runners up
VCA Madera Pet Hospital, Corte Madera
Animal Medical Center San Rafael, San Rafael, sanrafaelvet.com
Windsor Animal Hospital, Santa Rosa, windsoranimalhospital.com/wp

34a. Best Veterinarian—EAST BAY
Cynthia Metcalf, D.V.M., EB SPCA

After graduating from veterinary school in Scotland, Cynthia Metcalf, D.V.M., began practicing medicine in the East Bay. As an avid pet lover (her cats Lenore and LouLou are beloved family members), she offers high-quality care that is reliable, knowledgeable, and always compassionate.
Runners up
Gary Richter, D.V.M., Montclair Vet Hospital, montclairvethospital.com
Jenny Taylor, D.V.M., Creature Comforts, creaturecomfort.com
Christine Johnson, D.V.M., Creature Comfort Holistic Veterinary Center, creaturecomfort.com
Hanlim Kang, D.V.M., UNI Pet Clinic, unipetclinic.com

34b. Best Veterinarian—SAN FRANCISCO
Dave Gordon, D.V.M., Mission Pet Hospital, missionpet.com

Dave Gordon, D.V.M., is a longtime member of the Mission Pet Hospital staff and graduated from U.C. Davis. He specializes in surgery, ultrasound, and alternative therapies. When he’s not at the office providing warm, supportive care, he is probably out with his adoring dogs.
Runners up
Ilana Strubel, D.V.M., A Well Adjusted Pet, awelladjustedpet.com
Jill Williamson, D.V.M., Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services, aimss-sf.com
Brandy Vickers, D.V.M., Avenues Pet Hospital, avenuespethospital.com

34c. Best Veterinarian—SOUTH BAY
Michelle Forgy, D.V.M., Pinnacle Animal Hospital, pinnaclevets.com

For the past four years, Michelle Forgy, D.V.M., has been caring for pets at Pinnacle Animal Hospital, providing knowledgeable, professional service. She holds herself to the high standards set by the hospital by practicing “high-touch, personalized medicine.”
Runners up
Stephanie Sur, D.V.M., The Whole Pet Vet Hospital and Wellness Center, thewholepetvet.com
Dave Reed, D.V.M., Reed Animal Hospital, reedanimalhospital.com
Emmanuel Tama Mumah, D.V.M, Tama Veterinary Hospital, tamavethospital.com

34d. Best Veterinarian—PENINSULA
Ilana Strubel, D.V.M., A Well Adjusted Pet, awelladjustedpet.com

Clients of Ilana Strubel, D.V.M., describe her as tireless and compassionate. “We’d be lost without Dr. Ilana to help us through this journey,” said one dog mom. A committed veterinarian, Strubel specializes in companion animal behavior and chiropractic care.
Runners up
Angelique Cucaro, D.V.M., Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital, lmvet.com
Paul Lunsman, D.V.M., South Hillsdale Animal Hospital, facebook.com/SouthHillsdaleAnimalHospital
Brandon Wilson, D.V.M, Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital, lmvet.com

34e. Best Veterinarian—NORTH BAY
Kelley McNair, D.V.M., Dogtor Calls, dogtorcalls.com

Kelly McNair, D.V.M., created Dogtor Calls, her mobile veterinary hospital, in 2012 so she could have a calm, nonrushed environment to befriend pet patients and earn their trust, a winning strategy that our readers truly appreciate.
Runners up
Steve Franquelin, D.V.M., Calistoga Pet Clinic, calistogapetclinic.net
Catherine Cornejo, D.V.M., Animal Kingdom Veterinary Services, animalkingdomveterinary.com
Patti Piper, D.V.M., Windsor Animal Hospital, windsoranimalhospital.com

35. Best Mobile Veterinary Practice
A Well Adjusted Pet Veterinary House Calls, SF and Pacifica, awelladjustedpet.com

Ilana Strubel, D.V.M., is the veterinarian behind this house-call service that offers veterinary chiropractic care, acupressure, nutrition, physical rehabilitation, and behavior consultation. She will come to you so your dog can get the care he needs at home in a stress-free environment.
Runners up
Blue Sparrow Holistic Veterinary House Calls, San Francisco and beyond, bluesparrowholistic.com
Dog and Cat House Calls, San Ramon, dogandcathousecalls.com
Dogtor Calls, Novato, dogtorcalls.com

36. Best Canine Chiropractor
Margaret Holiday, D.C., Creature Comfort Holistic Veterinary Center, creaturecomfort.com

Trusted by clients throughout the Bay Area, Margaret Holiday is a skilled chiropractor who joined the team at Creature Comfort Holistic Veterinary Center after becoming nationally certified in animal chiropractic four years ago. She has run a successful chiropractic business for 20 years and also assists animals with effective, holistic treatments such as craniosacral and trigger point therapies
Runners up
Betsey Carpenter, D.C., betseycarpenterdc.com
Deb Sell, D.C., petchiro.net
Susan R. West, D.C., workingcowdog.com
Lisa Koenig, D.C., kineticchiropractics.com

37. Best Canine Massage Therapist
Shelah Barr, Happy Hounds Massage, happyhoundsmassage.com

Your dog will be wagging his tail in thanks after a massage from Shelah Barr, a certified massage therapist who believes bodywork can help dogs stay healthy, age well, and hurt less. From recovery and rehab to performance and maintenance, Barr has a gifted touch and can also help seniors and special-needs pooch clients toward better living.
Runners up
Heinrich Tracy Pavon, Muller Veterinary Hospital,  Walnut Creek, mullerveterinaryhospital.com
Joy Greer Walker, The Rex Center, Pacifica, therexcenter.com
Nancy Skallerup, Pets For Marin, petsformarin.org/styled-2/styled-27
Eri Suzaki, Canine, Therapeutics, San Jose, k9therapeutics.com

38a. Best Alternative Medicine Provider—EAST BAY
Kirsten Williams, D.V.M., Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care, San Ramon, webvets.com

Trained in both Western and Chinese medicine, Kirsten Williams, D.V.M., treats her clients with a combination of practices. She has been a certified veterinary acupuncturist since 1998 and is the mom of a snake, a crawfish, and a cat (and two human children).
Runners up
Jenny Taylor, D.V.M., Creature Comfort Holistic Vet Care, Oakland, creaturecomfort.com
Gary Richter, D.V.M., Montclair Veterinary Hospital, Oakland, montclairvethospital.com
Dana Whitlock, D.V.M., Holistic Veterinary Care, Oakland, holisticvetcare.com

38b. Best Alternative Medicine Provider—SAN FRANCISCO
Ilana Strubel, D.V.M., A Well Adjusted Pet, Pacifica, awelladjustedpet.com

This isn’t the first time Ilana Strubel, D.V.M., has received top honors. At A Well Adjusted Pet, she is “dedicated to strengthening the body, understanding the mind, and nourishing the soul of our pets.” Her ability to nurture animals as they strive to build strength and work toward physical rehabilitation makes her a trusted doctor with many happy clients.
Runners up
Rachael Feigenbaum, D.V.M., Lotus Veterinary House Calls, lotusveterinary.com
Araba Oglesby, D.V.M., Blue Sparrow Holistic Veterinary House Calls, bluesparrowholistic.com
Linda Pirie, D.V.M., Healthy Pets Veterinary Hospital, sfhealthypets.com

39. Best Canine Therapy Facility
The Rex Center, Pacifica, therexcenter.com

Wow, what a place. The Rex Center is a holistic fitness center where dogs of all ages and abilities can flourish, thanks to the aquatic and holistic services offered here. Dogs have swim coaches and massage therapists, and now Ilana Strubel, D.V.M., a certified canine rehabilitation specialist who is diving into integrative medicine to serve the body, mind, and spirit for clients’ total well-being.
Runners up
The Canine Rehabilitation Center, Walnut Creek, thek9rehabcenter.com
Scout’s House Rehab Center, Menlo Park, scoutshouse.com
Creature Comfort Holistic Veterinary Center, Oakland, creaturecomfort.com

40a. Best Emergency Care—EAST BAY
SAGE Centers for Vet Specialty and Emergency Care, Concord, sagecenters.com

The doctors at SAGE, who range from oncologists and neurologists to cardiologists and surgeons, are unparalleled in both ability and compassion. Readers know it and so do dogs. If only we could hear firsthand from Oakland pug George-Michael who was treated for cancer at age 7 by Martin Crawford-Jakubiak, D.V.M., and lived to be 13.
Runners up
VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Hospital, San Leandro, vcaspecialtyvets.com.bay-area-specialists
Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care, San Ramon, webvets.com
East Bay Veterinary Specialists & Emergency, Walnut Creek, ebvs.com
Ohlone Veterinary Emergency Clinic, Fremont, ohlonevetemergencyclinic.com

40b. Best Emergency Care—SAN FRANCISCO
VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists, vcaspecialtyvets.comsan-francisco

The range of services at this exemplary hospital include internal medicine, dentistry, neurology, critical care, and oncology, to name a few. It was the first multispecialty veterinary referral hospital in The City. Doctors at the San Francisco VCA stand by their philosophy to continue to serve the Bay Area with exceptional service and ongoing innovation.
Runners up
Animal Internal Medicine and Speciality Services, AIMSS, Inner Sunset, aimss-sf.com
Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital, Daly City, norcalvet.com

40c. Best Emergency Care—SOUTH BAY
Adobe Animal Hospital, Los Gatos, adobe-animal.comsouthbay

You can rest easy when your pet is at Adobe Animal Hospital. This full-service emergency care clinic is equipped with trained veterinarians who are committed to providing compassionate and high-quality medical treatment. Plus, you can order food, prescriptions, grooming tools, and pet accessories online.
Runners up
Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists, San Jose, svvspets.net
Sage Centers for Vet Specialty and Emergency Care, Campbell, sagecenters.com

40d. Best Emergency Care—PENINSULA
SAGE Centers for Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care, San Mateo, sagecenters.com

SAGE specialists are not ordinary veterinarians. These are top-level professionals who will provide compassionate care when your sweet pea is in need of some serious TLC. While you tend to the daily needs of your pup (treats, belly rubs, cuddling), this elite group will handle the big stuff, like getting Fido back to perfect health.
Runners up
Adobe Animal Hospital, Los Altos, adobe-animal.com
North Peninsula Veterinary Emergency Clinic, San Mateo, 
    sanmateoemergencyvet.com

40e. Best Emergency Care—NORTH BAY
Pet Emergency and Specialty Center of Marin, petemergencycenter.com

Known for attentive, caring, and knowledgeable service, the team at PESCM treats pet clients with the utmost love and expertise. Their motto says it all: “We believe that pets are part of the family and enrich all of our lives.” We do, too.
Runners up
PetCare East, Santa Rosa, pcvh.com
Redwood Veterinary Clinic, Santa Rosa, redwoodvetclinic.com

 

Canine Services

41a. Best Dog Groomer—EAST BAY
Paws & Claws, Oakland, pawsnclawsoakland.com

The grooming pros at Paws & Claws can get a dirty, scruffy mutt looking her best in no time in its kennel-free grooming spa. Give your best friend the deluxe package for a haircut, nail trim, ear cleaning, expressing anal glands, a warm-water bath with natural shampoo, blueberry facial, and no-rinse coat conditioner.
Runners up
Paw Prints Salon, Union City, facebook.com/Paw-Prints-Salon
Tattle Tails, Fremont, 510-796-8253

41b. Best Dog Groomer—SAN FRANCISCO
Shear Pet’s Mobile Grooming, Lower Pacific Heights, shearpets.com

Serving San Francisco and parts of Daly City, Shear Pets knows a thing or two or three about grooming—and has fun with it. Staffers set the mood with music then use organic, mild, tear-free hypoallergenic shampoos and dry with by hand. This full-service groomer offers traditional grooming services, but you can also get your pup perfumed, glittered, dyed, and Mohawked. Oh, and have her teeth brushed.
Runners up
Little Ark Dog Grooming, Duboce Triangle, littlearkgrooming.com
Kate’s Dog and Cat Salon, Lower Pacific Heights, katesgrooming.squarespace.com
Kosita’s Pet Grooming, Bernal Heights, 415-643-3650

41c. Best Dog Groomer—SOUTH BAY
Dr. Dave’s Grooming and Boarding Day Care, Campbell, drdavesboardinggrooming.com

Dr. Dave’s is a full-service grooming operation with groomers adept with scissors, tooth brushes, clippers, and all the other accoutrements of grooming. Hand-scissoring, hand-stripping, all-natural shampoos and conditioners, nail polish and pet paint ensure your little cur, hound, or poodle will be something to behold when you pick her up.
Runners up
The Canine Showcase, Sunnyvale, thecanineshowcase.com
Suzie’s Pet Salon, Campbell, facebook.com/suziespetsalon
TLC Grooming, Santa Clara, 408-477-2353

41d. Best Dog Groomer—PENINSULA
Wag Hotels, Redwood City, waghotels.com/pet-care-boarding-hotels-redwood-city

The services here—especially the lemon sea salt bath, coconut oil silk treatment, and paw pad rub with oatmeal fragrance—are fit for a king or queen. Just for fun, add a pet tattoo: heart, star, or skull and crossbones.
Runners up
Christy’s Mobile Grooming, Foster City, christysmobile.com/Welcome.html
The Preppy Puppy, Brisbane, 415-215-1011

41e. Best Dog Groomer—NORTH BAY
The Velvet Dog Spa, Santa Rosa, velvetdogspa.com

Rare dog breeds have a friend at The Velvet Dog Spa, Katie Mirabelli, who also knows AKC breed standard cuts. Guardians can choose from three grooming packages for their pets and add on upgrades like sensitive-skin, de-shedding, and dental treatments.
Runners up
Creature Comforts Grooming, Tiburon, 415-435-3630
Boulevard Dogs, San Anselmo, 415-485-1636
Cotati Dog Grooming, Cotati, 707-795-4900

42a. Best Dog Wash (self-serve)—EAST BAY
Pet Food Express, Bay Area, petfoodexpress.com

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of bathing your dog at home, you know just how wet—how unbelievably wet—a bathroom floor can get in less than five minutes. Lucky for us, Pet Food Express has tubs designed especially to keep water contained and aprons to keep us dry.Grab a stack of pink bath towels, too; you may not be soaking by the end of the wash, but your pooch will want that all-too-deserving rubdown.
Runners up
MudPuppy’s, Point Isabel, Richmond, mudpuppys.com
Blue Moon Pet Wash, Fremont, bluemoon-petwash.com

42b. Best Dog Wash (self-serve)—SAN FRANCISCO
Pawtrero Bathhouse and Feed Co., San Francisco, pawtrero.com

When you set your dog up for a wash at Pawtrero, she’s in for a lovely grooming experience. For only $12 any day of the week, you can bathe your beloved best friend with natural shampoos before warming her up with an air dryer. Then stay a few minutes to use the brushes, combs, and nail clippers all provided for your convenience.
Runners up
Pet Food Express, San Francisco, petfoodexpress.com
MudPuppy’s, Castro, mudpuppys.com
Green Pawz, San Francisco, greenpawzsf.com

43a. Best Dog Walker—EAST BAY
Doggy Lama Pet Care, Oakland, doggylamapetcare.com

Dogs at Doggy Lama go on adventures instead of hikes, and the most typical excursion is an hour off-leash group gallivanting in East Bay parks. Molly Kenefick is the owner and founder of Doggy Lama and has a skilled team to fill in all the gaps.
runners up
Urban Wag, East Bay, urbanwag.biz
Woofwalks, San Leandro, woofwalks.com
The Woof Pack, Fremont, thewoofpack.com

43b. Best Dog Walker—SAN FRANCISCO
K9 Fitness, k9fitnesssf.com

K9 Fitness can keep your active dog busy while you’re at work with trips to beaches and parks. K9 Fitness, which also does a lot of puppy training and socialization, promises to smother its clients in “cuddles and kisses” and believes in the notion that a tired pup is a happy pup.
Runners up
Dog Tales Walking & Sitting Sitting Service, dogtalesunleashed.com
City Pups SF, citypupssf.com
Active Dog Adventure Club, activedogsf.com

43c. Best Dog Walker—SOUTH BAY
The Dog Hikers, Cupertino, thedoghikers.com

With the moto, “We don’t walk ‘em. We hike ‘em,” you know your dog will be blissfully tired after a Dog Hikers-led outing that combines exercise, socialization, and training, rain or shine. Nathalie Mosbach in the founder-operator and loves being outside with dogs.
Runners up
Movin Mutts Canine Care, Mountain View, movinmutts.com
Morgan Hill Dog Duty, Morgan Hill, morganhilldogduty.com
Greenman Pet Services, San Jose, greenmanpetservices.com

44a. Best Dog Sitter—EAST BAY
Camp Lisa, Moraga, camplisamoragaandaussiestoo.com

Need a responsible, loving human to take care of your dog? Look no further than Camp Lisa, which offers a cage-free environment for a social facility. It’s spacious, secure, has shaded trees, a synthetic lawn, a roofed patio, plus an indoor area full of beds, carpets, blankets, and toys. And an on-premises owner.

Runners up
Sit Stay Sleep, Oakland, sitstaysleep.com
Every Dog Has Its Day Care, Oakland, everydog.com

44b. Best Dog Sitter—SAN FRANCISCO
Jeannine Yep, K9 Fitness, k9fitnesssf.com

How excited would your four-legged darling be to explore tide pools, make friends, and discover the smells of San Francisco on walks that are described as “more like adventure hikes”? That’s the daily schedule at K9 Fitness where winning dog sitter Jeannine Yep caters to the Bay Area’s precious pooches. And, when you’re out of town, Spot can enjoy a doggie sleepover either at Jeannine’s home or the comfort of yours.
Runners up
Raquel, City Pups SF, citypupssf.com
Michelle Ruth, Pawsitively Marvelous, pawsitivelymarvelous.com
Rick Delgado, Woof Pack, thewoofpack.com

45a. Best Doggie Daycare—EAST BAY
Happy Hound, Oakland, happyhound.com

Happy Hound puts the play in daycare, so here’s where you drop your dog for playcare instead of daycare. Four rooms for play to best serve all kinds of doggy clients, from the shy retiring type to the Energizer Bunnies and all personalities in between. Play structures, dog beds, plentiful water, and a high human-to-dog ratio to ensure proper supervision complete the picture.
Runners up
Citizen Canine, Oakland, citizencanine.net
Good Dog Day Care, Hayward, gooddogdaycare.com
Every Dog Has Its Day Care, Oakland, everydog.com
Camp Lisa, Moraga, camplisamoragaandaussiestoo.com

45b. Best Doggie Daycare—SAN FRANCISCO
Wag Hotels, Mission/SOMA, waghotels.com

This is fancy facility with 14,000 square feet of space for romping, roving, running, and relaxing plus a rooftop deck and play area and splash pool. Wag Hotels were founded by dog lovers who wanted to create a resort-like, safe setting for dog that needed boarding or play dates.
Runners up
High Tail Hotel, near Bernal Heights, hightailhotel.com
Mr. Muggles, Mission, mrmugglesdogs.com
Fog City Dogs, Bayview/Bernal, fogcitydogs.com

45c. Best Doggie Daycare—SOUTH BAY
Dr. Dave’s Doggy Daycare, Campbell, drdavesboardinggrooming.com

Let your doge enjoy some “me” time with pack pals and hone his socialization skills at Dr. Dave’s in climate-controlled areas or outdoors on a plan where he can get a little leash time for dog-walking practice, too. You’ll have one happy dog at the end of the day.
Runners up
Pooch Hotel, Sunnyvale, poochhotel.com/locations/california/sunnyvale
Red Rover Pet Resort, Milpitas, redroverpetresort.com
Tattle Tails, Fremont, 510-796-8253

45d. Best Doggie Daycare—PENINSULA
Wag Hotel, Redwood City, waghotels.com/pet-care-boarding-hotels-redwood-city

Want to see how Fido is doing? You can Skype with him at Wag Hotel in Redwood City. This 5,700-square-foot,fun-filled facility has play rooms with skylights and outdoor splash pools for the water enthusiasts.
Runners up
The Pawington, South San Francisco, thepawington.com
Planet Pooch, South San Francisco, home.planetpooch.com
Woofgang’s Doggie Daycare, South San Francisco, woofgangsdoggiedaycare.com

45e. Best Doggie Daycare—NORTH BAY
Camp K-9, Corte Madera, campk-9ofmarin.com

This is dog heaven with 20,000 square feet of outdoor play space, 3,500 square feet of indoor play area, and playgroups by sizes and needs. The camp lets you add extra play time, more pets, and refresher courses to help your companion be the best camper ever.
Runners up
Ruff Dog Daycare + Hotel, Napa, ruffhotels.com
Two Rock Dog Ranch, Petaluma, tworockdogranch.com

46a. Best Overnight Boarder—EAST BAY
Happy Hound, Oakland, happyhound.com

Next time you have a business trip, give your dog the royal treatment by setting her up in a suite at Happy Hound. Top-tier packages include a mani/pedi, a bath and blowout, the 24-hour company of a staff member, and one-on-one playtime. No wonder this boarder took top booking.
Runners up
Camp Lisa, Moraga, camplisamoragaandaussiestoo.com
Citizen Canine, Oakland, citizencanine.net
Good Dog Day Care, Hayward, gooddogdaycare.com

46b. Best Overnight Boarder—SAN FRANCISCO
Wag Hotels, waghotels.com

Wag Hotels are where the posh pups go. The lap of luxury awaits your whiskered wonder on 14th Street, in a suite where he’ll receive a before-bed belly rub and story, custom music and movie selection, spa services, plenty of playtime, and a nightly two-way video chat. This is a seriously swanky stay.
Runners up
Pet Camp, Bayview, petcamp.com
Fog City Dogs, Marina and Bernal, fogcitydogs.com
High Tail Hotel, Bayview, hightailhotel.com
Mr. Muggles, Mission, mrmugglesdogs.com

46c. Best Overnight Boarder—SOUTH BAY
Dr. Dave’s Doggy Daycare, Campbell, drdavesboardinggrooming.com

With 24-hour care, a climate-controlled environment, a grooming salon, and an onsite veterinary technician, Dave’s will keep your pet happy, pampered, and healthy. Play areas allow for an abundance of socializing, so you can rest easy knowing your furry one is having a puppy-pleasing good time.
Runners up
Red Rover Pet Resort, Milpitas, redroverpetresort.com
Rose’s TLC, San Jose, 408- 483-8846

46d. Best Overnight Boarder—PENINSULA
Wag Hotel, Redwood City, waghotels.com

The accolades keep coming for Wag Hotel, the luxurious pet venue with outdoor splash pools, large-screen smart TVs (obviously), a multi-purpose party room, and more than 5,000 square feet of space to run, hop, play, and meet friends. High-class and high-quality, this is the hotel for owners who want the gold standard for their hound.
Runners up
Woofgang’s Doggie Day Care, South San Francisco, woofgangsdoggiedaycare.com
Bayshore Dog and Cat Care, San Mateo, bayshoredogandcatcare.com
Peninsula Pet Resort, San Carlos, peninsulapetresort.com

46e. Best Overnight Boarder—NORTH BAY
Camp K-9 of Marin, Corte Madera, campk-9ofmarin.com

At this expansive indoor/outdoor venue of creature comforts, campers are treated to a day of play followed by a night in a private cabin. For pups who need a little “s’more,” there are options for an extra 15 minutes of energetic activity, brushing, or love and cuddling before bedtime.
Runners up
Park-A-Pup Kennels, San Rafael, parkapup.com
Bridewell Hilltop Kennels, Novato, bridewellhilltopkennels.com
Romar Kennels, Novato, romarkennels.com

47a. Best Training Class—EAST BAY
Sirius Dog Training, Multiple Bay Area locations, siriuspup.com

Sirius is the original puppy school created by Ian Dunbar, D.V.M., about 30 years ago that launched the pet-training field with revolutionary techniques beginning with early socialization. He replaced the rote drilling of those times with easy-to-use, enjoyable training methods that morphed into lure-reward training and dog-friendly training games in use today.
Runners up
Bravo!Pup, multiple East Bay locations, bravopup.com
Calm K9, Port Costa, calmk9.net
Zoom Room, Walnut Creek, zoomroomonline.com/location/walnut-creek
Braveheart Dog Training, San Leandro, braveheartdogtraining.com

47b. Best Training Class—SAN FRANCISCO
SF Puppy Prep, SOMA, sfpuppyprep.com

Billed as S.F.’s “premier puppy school,” SF Puppy Prep specializes in working with youngsters, believing it’s never too early to start your furbaby’s life lessons. Trainers help humans and dogs get from puppyhood and adolescence to adulthood on a fun and rewarding journey in a modern facility with well-trained staff.
Runners up
San Francisco SPCA, Mission and Pacific Heights, sfspca.org
Sirius Dog Training, Multiple Bay Area locations, siriuspup.com
The Pooch Coach, poochcoach.com

47c. Best Training Class—SOUTH BAY
Zoom Room, Campbell, zoomroomonline.com/location/campbell

Readers like the positive vibe and the facility, including the private gym, that form the basis of the Zoom Room, where dogs and their peeps learn to build confidence in agility, obedience, puppy, and enrichment classes. Your dog can learn to be a model K9 citizen.
Runners up
Sirius Dog Training, multiple Bay Area locations, siriuspup.com
Happy Tails To You Dog Training, San Jose, happytailstoyoudogtraining.com
Cooperhaus K9, San Jose, cooperhaus.com

47d. Best Training Class—PENINSULA
Sirius Dog Training, multiple Bay Area locations, siriuspup.com

Your puppy and dog will learn a lot with Sirius. Puppy kindergarten starts as early as 8 weeks, but your dog can continue his education with puppy training and then graduate to dog training, Canine Good Citizen classes, scent detection, and tricks. It’s a bonding experience you’ll both cherish.
Runners up
Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, San Mateo, phs-spca.org
Zoom Room, Belmont, zoomroomonline.com/location/belmont
Deep Peninsula Dog Training Club, Mountain View, dpdtc.org

47e. Best Training Class—NORTH BAY
Sirius Dog Training, multiple Bay Area locations, siriuspup.com

North Bay dog lovers lover Sirius. It’s friendly, professional, and fun, thanks to Ian Dunbar, D.V.M, the founder and awesome animal behaviorist, and Kelly Gorman Dunbar, co-founder, dog advocate, and trainer extraordinaire.
Runners up
Fit ‘N’ Furry Pet Resort & Training Center, Petaluma, fitnfurry.com
LeapDog Agility Ranch, Petaluma, leapdogagility.com

48a. Best Private Trainer—EAST BAY
Bonnie Brown-Cali, Dog Dynamics, dogdynamics.org

It would take us all day to list the qualifications of Dog Dynamics’ owner Bonnie Brown-Cali. She is not only a veteran trainer but also an evaluator for the American Kennel Club, a seven-year volunteer for Contra Costa’s search-and-rescue team, and a field representative for Paws with a Cause. When she’s not busy with clients, she is tending to her four dogs, barn cat, and nine chickens.
Runners up
Sandi Thompson, Bravo!Pup, bravopup.com
Susan Raymond, Calm K9, calmk9.net
Bridget Murphy, Koru K9 Dog Training, koruk9.com
Dawn Hagan, Halo Dog Training, halodogtraining.com

48b. Best Private Trainer—SAN FRANCISCO
Bridget Murphy, Koru K9 Dog Training, koruk9.com

With compassion at the heart of her work, Bridget Murphy (who owns Koru K9 with husband, Ray) puts a focus on strengthening the relationships between four-legged clients and their parents. She began her training career after rehabilitating her rescue dog, Luna, who is now a skilled sheep herder and picture of obedience.
Runners up
Kelley Filson, DogEvolve, dogevolve.com
Mik Moeller, MoellerDog, moellerdog.com
Maureen Backman, Mutt About Town, muttabouttown.com

48c. Best Private Trainer—SOUTH BAY
Stacy Braslau-Schneck, Stacy’s Wag n Train, wagntrain.com

As the owner of Stacy’s Wag n Train, Stacy Braslau-Schneck knows not only how to effectively train beloved Bay Area dogs, but also how to communicate with owners who want to work with their furry friends at home. She is dedicated to using methods that are the least invasive and minimally aversive to best serve her clients.
Runners up
Kim Rappaport, Zoom Room Campbell, zoomroomonline.com
Jeffrey Brian Liebowitz, Karma Dog Training, karmadogtrainingsanfrancisco.com

49. Best Dog Photographer
Josh Norem, The Furrtographer, San Francisco, thefurrtographer.com

Josh Norem gets around with his camera, from the Puppy Bowl to rescue groups and shelters, constantly keeping animals in focus to help them find their forever homes. He is fantastic at capturing the spirit of his subjects whether they’re slobbering on tennis balls, howling at the sunset, or just looking plain adorable.
Runners up
Mark Rogers, Mark Rogers Photography, markrogersphotography.com
Cyndi Kuiper, Chickpea Photography Studio, Greater SF Bay Area, chickpeaphotographystudio.com
Ellen Shershaw Peña, J’adore le Chien, jadorelechien.com

50. Best Pet Artist
Rosanna Lyons, Facebook.com/DogPaintings

Once you see the complex textures and rich colors in Rosanna Lyons’ paintings, you will probably be setting up an appointment to commission a pet portrait of your own. Moved by the fight to end animal suffering, Lyons creates art that is passionate and deeply emotional.
Runners up
Erika L. Chan, erikalchan.blogspot.com
Sam Price, mydogcollage.com
Jennifer Heller, vangoghmypet.com

 

Shelter & Rescue

51a. Best Rescue Group—EAST BAY
BAD RAP, Oakland, badrap.org

This Oakland nonprofit rescue and advocacy group puts the American pit bull terrier—pit bulls—front and center, speaking up for one of the most misunderstood breeds of the times. An awesome educational resource, BAD RAP also re-homes dogs and works tirelessly to create lasting, positive change for pit bulls in the community.
Runners up
Tony La Russa’s ARF, Walnut Creek, arflife.org
Furry Friends Rescue, San Francisco Bay Area, furryfriendsrescue.org
Umbrella of Hope Rescue, Pittsburg, beourpet.org

51b. Best Rescue Group—SAN FRANCISCO
Rocket Dog Rescue, San Francisco, rocketdogrescue.org

Rocket Dog Rescue saves the lives of homeless and abandoned animals from euthanasia in overcrowded Bay Area shelters, giving them a second chance. First the dogs are fostered then re-homed, as the nonprofit organization upholds its mission of protecting the lives of good-natured companion animals who wind up in kill shelters.
Runners up
Muttville, muttville.org
Wonder Dog Rescue, wonderdogrescue.org
Family Dog Rescue, ilovefamilydog.org

51c. Best Rescue Group—SOUTH BAY
Copper’s Dream Animal Rescue, San Jose, coppersdream.org

This all-breed rescue groups serves the San Francisco Bay Area, searching high and low for suitable homes for dogs saved from shelters throughout California. Copper’s seeks to end euthanasia of adoptable dogs in shelters.
Runners up
Silicon Valley Pet Project, San Jose, svpetproject.org
Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, Pacific Grove, peaceofminddogrescue.org
Nike Animal Rescue Foundation, San Jose, narfrescue.org

51d. Best Rescue Group—PENINSULA
Pets In Need, Redwood City, petsinneed.org

When a dog’s (or cat’s) time is running out at a public shelter in the Bay Area and beyond, Pets in Need comes to the rescue, finding homes for those whose lives are endangered because of crowded kennels or financial limitations. The organization’s goal is finding new and loving homes for these unfortunate animals.
Runners up
Pound Puppy Rescue, Redwood City, poundpuppyrescue.org

51e. Best Rescue Group—NORTH BAY
Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary, Petaluma, lilyslegacy.org

Many large breed seniors land at Lily’s, a senior dog sanctuary named for a 12-year-old Golden retriever saved from the Sonoma County Animal Shelter. Lily’s will to live despite major medical setbacks inspired her human to start this loving sanctuary in her honor.
Runners up
Red’s Bully Rescue, Sonoma, facebook.com/RedsBullyRescue
All Creatures Animal Caring Society, San Rafael, allcreaturesmarin.org

52a. Best Humane Organization—EAST BAY
East Bay SPCA, Oakland and Dublin, eastbayspca.org

Did you know the Oakland SPCA (now the East Bay SPCA) opened its doors in 1874 to ensure the protection of horses, mules, and other draft animals? An inspiring historic fact. Now serving dogs, cats, and the people who love them, this longtime agency remains committed to educating the community with programs to eliminate animal cruelty and to connect pets with loving homes.
Runners up
Berkeley East Bay Humane Society, Berkeley, berkeleyhumane.org
Contra Costa Humane Society, Pleasant Hill, cchumane.org
Valley Humane Society, Pleasanton, valleyhumane.org

52b. Best Humane Organization—San Francisco / North Bay
San Francisco SPCA, sfspca.org

More than a safe haven for adoptable pets, the SF SPCA is also a veterinary hospital, behavior and training resource, and support agency. It hosts groups for pet loss, educational programs for youth, and events to raise awareness for the important work of rescue nonprofits. Remarkably, it has been around since 1868.
Runners up
Marin Humane Society, Novato, marinhumanesociety.org
Sonoma Humane Society,Santa Rosa, sonomahumane.org
Mendocino Coast Humane Society, Fort Bragg, mendocinohumane.org

52c. Best Humane Organization—SOUTH Bay and Peninsula
Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, Burlingame, peninsulahumanesociety.org

There is much to love about this organization that offers not only rehoming options for animals in need of rescue, but a variety of comprehensive services that benefit the community. It provides pet-assisted therapy visits, programs to rehabilitate dogs with the support of inmates, a wildlife care center, vet-shadowing opportunities for youth, and more.
Runners up
Humane Society Silicon Valley, Milpitas, hssv.org
Palo Alto Humane Society, Palo Alto, paloaltohumane.org

53a. Best Canine Cause—EAST BAY
Maddie’s Fund, maddiesfund.org

Maddie’s believes in a no-kill nation and gives grants to help fulfill its mission, assisting campaigns as diverse as saving the lives of cats, funding advertisements for shelter animals, raising awareness online about puppy mills, and furthering shelter veterinary medicine. And that’s just a sampling of the great work Maddie’s has done recently.
Runners up
BAD RAP. Pit bull rescue, Oakland, badrap.org
East Bay SPCA, Oakland and Dublin, eastbayspca.org
Paw Fund, helping people help their pets, pawfund.org

53b. Best Canine Cause—SAN FRANCISCO
Save Off-Leash Dog Walking in the Bay Area, GGNRA dog park advocacy group, saveoffleash.com

This is an outspoken group circulating petitions, spreading the word, and pressuring government to keep the Gold Gate National Recreation Area lands open to dogs and their people. Check it out to see what you can do to change the National Park Service’s dog management plan.
Runners up
Muttville, Senior dog rescue, muttville.org
Pets Are Wonderful Support, (PAWS)/Shanti, facebook.com/pawssf, shanti.org
Vet SOS, low-cost vet care, sfccc.org/veterinary-street-outreach-services-vetsos
German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California’s Thulani Program, senior German shepherd rescue, gsrnc.org/thulani.asp

54a. Best Fundraising Event—EAST BAY
East Bay SPCA’s Growl, Meow & Wine, growlmeowandwine.org

Every year at this Oakland extravaganza, the East Bay SPCA offers local pet lovers a chance to come together and celebrate the beauty of rescuing (or being rescued by) a beloved animal. Attendees bid on auction items while sipping wine with friends and fellow dog enthusiasts. It is a special soiree that benefits programs to prevent cruelty, educate the community, and provide low-cost spay and neutering.
Runners up
Woofstock, Furry Friends Rescue, furryfriendsrescue.org
After the Ball, Alameda Animal Shelter, alamedaanimalshelter.org
Mutt Strut, New Haven Schools Foundation Union City, nhsfoundation.org

54b. Best Fundraising Event—SAN FRANCISCO
Pet Pride Day, San Francisco Animal Care and Control, helpacc.org/petprideday

This is the gleeful event that combines pet performances, family fun, health services, agricultural innovations (yup!), contests, parades, and a ton of animal-adoring resources. For 22 years, this annual afternoon of adoptions, kids activities, and local food fest has been helping to support the amazing work of SF Animal Care and Control.
Runners up
Petchitecture, PAWS, shanti.org
Moolah for Mutts, Muttville, muttville.org
Faux Fur Fashion Show, Wonder Dog Rescue, wonderdogrescue.org

54c. Best Fundraising Event—SOUTH BAY
Bark in the Park, benefiting multiple pet charities, San Jose, barksanjose.org

Every year Bark in the Park promises a day of “dog gone fun,” and every year it delivers. As the largest dog festival in the United States, this entertaining event includes owner/pet lookalike contests, agility demonstrations, a huge food and beverage court, and onsite medical services. Get ready for cuteness—and crowds, too—since this party has been attracting more than 15,000 people and nearly 4,000 pups for 20 years.
Runners up
Los Gatos K9 Cancer Walk, Morris Animal Foundation, canine cancer research, morrisanimalfoundation.org

54d. Best Fundraising Event—NORTH BAY
Woofstock, Marin Humane Society, Novato, marinhumanesociety.org

Bring your pooch to the grooviest fundraiser of the year. At this dog-friendly fiesta, parents get to dance to classic jams while their (human) children hit the Kids’ Zone for an array of activities. Attendees enjoy local food and beverages while soaking up the sunshine at this all-ages event that supports a very good cause.
Runners up
Marin Human Race, Marin Humane Society, marinhumanesociety.org
Paws for Love Gala, benefits Paws for Love Foundation, pawsforlove.info

55a. Best City/County Shelter—EAST BAY
Berkeley Animal Care Services, ci.berkeley.ca.us/animalservices

BACS does what it can on the municipal front, balancing animal control issues with creating a nice environment for homeless animals awaiting adoption. BACS also offers low-cost spay-neuter vouchers for Berkeley residents’ animals.
Runners up
Oakland Animal Shelter, oaklandanimalservices.org
Contra Costa County Animal Services, oaklandanimalservices.org
Hayward Animal Shelter, haywardanimals.org

55b. Best City/County Shelter—San Francisco/NorthBay
San Francisco Animal Care & Control, sfgov.org/acc/about-us

The public servants at San Francisco Animal Care & Control do a lot, including running the adoption center while juggling animal control issues for San Francisco. It can always use volunteers to help improve the quality of live of the animals it serves.
runners up
Petaluma Animal Services, petalumaanimalshelter.org
Sonoma County Animal Services, sonomacounty.ca.gov/Health/Animal-Services/
Rohnert Park Animal Shelter, rpanimalshelter.org

55c. Best City/County Shelter—SOUTH Bay/Peninsula
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, scanimalshelter.org

Like other municipal shelters, this one reunites lost pets with their families, rescues animals in trouble, and provides humane education while also offering behavior and training and spay and neuter clinics.
Runners up
Santa Clara County Animal Care & Control, 
sccgov.org/sites/acc/Pages/default.aspx
Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority, svaca.com

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